Fraternities are Viruses in Nigeria: Part 10

Whether university campus grown fraternities (UCGF) have done either good or evil to societies in their countries of origin (e.g. the USA) is debatable. American-style, without idealisation, their “honour codes” are both formidable and strictly adhered; “honour” among brothers matter inestimably. Interestingly, their Nigerian imitators as ‘free-for-all fraternities’ are observably oblivious to very meaning of honour and devoid of working honour codes. This may be the reason UCGFs in Nigeria are more like “street gangs” than collectives of educated men. Continue reading

Fraternities Are Viruses in Nigeria: Part 4

Gang members Trig and Mack photographed on the council estate where they live in east London Wednesday, 16 September 2009. Ph: Rebecca Reid

Most University Campus Grown Fraternities (UCGFs) started off as idealistic brotherhoods with the reverie of changing some aspects of society. Most founding members never really believed it would achieve its aim, become a big phenomenon or even become a menace to society (which they have become). Most of the young founders were academics and intellectuals but none were good organisers; “Frankenstein’s monster” came too early. The plethora of organisational failures that came to plague UCGFs are infectious.
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